The league began play as the NBDL in the 2001-2002 season; the original eight franchises were all located in the southeastern United States (specifically in Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Alabama, and Georgia). Some of these teams were purchased by private owners and relocated — at the same time the league's name was changed — in the summer of 2005, in a bid to appeal to more fans nationwide. As a result, franchises were established in or moved to Texas, New Mexico, Arkansas, Florida and Oklahoma. In February 2006, the D-League expanded to California for the first time with the addition of the Bakersfield Jam. Two months later, the league announced that four teams from the Continental Basketball Association were joining the league: the Dakota Wizards, Sioux Falls Skyforce, Idaho Stampede, and a team originally slated for CBA expansion, the Colorado 14ers. A few days after that, the league announced that Anaheim, California, would be getting a team. One week after that, they announced that the Los Angeles Lakers have purchased a team, making them the first NBA team to own a D-League team. The westward expansion and box office struggles have led to the closing of the NBA-owned Roanoke Dazzle and Fayetteville Patriots. The Florida Flame have suspended operations due to arena scheduling difficulties.  Today, no D-League teams remain in the NBDL's original Southeastern footprint.
Successful NBA call-ups Edit
Many former NBA draftees, waived players and undrafted players have played in the NBA D-League. Some of the NBA D-League players that have gone on to successful NBA careers include Rafer Alston, Chris Andersen, Kelenna Azubuike, Matt Barnes, Brandon Bass, Andray Blatche, Devin Brown, Matt Carroll, Jordan Farmar, Chuck Hayes, Anthony Johnson, C.J. Miles, Jamario Moon, Mikki Moore, Bobby Simmons, Jose Juan Barea, Ime Udoka, C.J. Watson, Martell Webster.
In 2008 NBA Draft, Portland Trail Blazers drafted Mike Taylor from Idaho Stampede. He became the first player from the NBA D-League to be drafted by an NBA team. He was subsequently traded and signed a rookie contract with Los Angeles Clippers.
35 former NBA D-League players were on the 2006-07 NBA opening day roster. The number increased into 44 players on 2007-08 and then 60 players on 2008-09 NBA season.
The NBA Development League held its first all-star game February 17, 2007 at the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada. It was part of the NBA All-Star Weekend in Las Vegas. As with the NBA's showcase game, a fan vote determined the starting lineup for each team. The East won 114 to 100, with Pops Mensah-Bonsu named the game's MVP.
The second game was on February 16, 2008 at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center in New Orleans, Louisiana. The Blue team beat the Red team, 117-99 and Jeremy Richardson was the MVP. In addition to the NBA D-League All-Star Game, the league debuted its DREAM FACTORY FRIDAY NIGHT events - which included a three-point competition, a slam dunk contest and a game of H.O.R.S.E.
The league also stages an annual NBA D-League Showcase in which all of the league's teams play each other in a "carnival" format. In 2007, it took place on January 15-17 in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. In 2008, it took place on January 14-17 in Boise, Idaho. In 2009, it will take place January 5-8 in Orem, Utah.
Player allocations Edit
Players for D-League teams do not sign contracts with the individual teams, but with the league itself. D-League team rosters consist of a total of 12 players, 10 (or fewer) being D-League players and 2 (or more) NBA players. The rosters are made up in a number of ways - the previous years' players, players taken in the D-League draft, allocation players (meaning players who are assigned to a team with which they have a local connection, such as a University of Texas player being assigned to the Austin Toros), NBA team assignments, and local tryouts. Each NBA team can assign two first or second year players to its affiliated D-League team. If more than two NBA players are assigned to a team, the team must reduce the number of D-League players to keep the total roster size to 12. Each team also has local tryouts, and one player from the tryouts is assigned to the team. The minimum age to play in the NBDL is 18, unlike the NBA which requires players to be 19 years old and one year out of high school in order to sign an NBA contract or be eligible for the draft.
NBA teams can call up players as many times as they choose, but a player can only be assigned to the NBA D-League three times in a season.
Future expansion Edit
The league has targeted the Dallas suburb of Frisco, Texas for a potential expansion location, for the 2009-10 season. The Toronto Raptors are engaged in discussions to bring a D-League team to Southern Ontario by 2009-10, most likely to Hamilton, but Oshawa remains a possibility. Palm Springs, California is also being considered as an expansion site.
Two groups are vying for affiliation with the Boston Celtics. The Portland City Council has agreed to lease the Portland Exposition Building to a group of investors that wants to bring an NBA Development League team to Maine's largest city. In addition to this group the Manchester Millrats, of the American Basketball Association, formed with a long-term goal of joining the D-League, have opened preliminary talks with the NBA about a partnership with the Boston Celtics and playing at the Verizon Wireless Arena in Manchester, New Hampshire. The owner of the Halifax Rainmen is currently pursuing ownership of a D-League team in Halifax, Nova Scotia. Other possibilities in the East for D-League teams include Toledo, Ohio; Harlem, New York; Youngstown, Ohio; and Trenton, New Jersey.
|Team||City||Active Year(s)||NBA Affiliates|
|Arkansas RimRockers||Little Rock, Arkansas||2004-2007||Atlanta Hawks, Memphis Grizzlies, Miami Heat|
|Florida Flame||Fort Myers, Florida||2001-2006||Miami Heat (“local” affiliate), Orlando Magic ("local" affiliate), Minnesota Timberwolves, Boston Celtics|
|Fort Worth Flyers||Fort Worth, Texas||2005-2007||Dallas Mavericks ("local" affiliate), Charlotte Bobcats, Philadelphia 76ers|
|Team||City||Active Year(s)||NBA Affiliates||Notes|
|Asheville Altitude||Asheville, North Carolina||2001-2005||N/A||moved to Tulsa, Oklahoma|
|(North) Charleston Lowgators||Charleston, South Carolina||2001-2004||Miami Heat (“local” affiliate), Orlando Magic ("local" affiliate), Minnesota Timberwolves, Boston Celtics,||moved to South Fort Myers, Florida|
|Columbus Riverdragons||Columbus, Georgia||2001-2005||San Antonio Spurs||moved to Austin, Texas|
|Fayetteville Patriots||Fayetteville, North Carolina||2001-2006||Charlotte Bobcats ("local" affiliate), Detroit Pistons, New York Knicks||Folded by league|
|Greenville Groove||Greenville, South Carolina||2001-2003||None||Folded by league|
|Huntsville Flight||Huntsville, Alabama||2001-2005||Dallas Mavericks, Miami Heat||moved to Albuquerque, New Mexico|
|Mobile Revelers||Mobile, Alabama||2001-2003||None||Folded by league|
|Roanoke Dazzle||Roanoke, Virginia||2001-2006||Washington Wizards ("local" affiliate), Philadelphia 76ers, New Jersey Nets||Folded by league|
|2001-2002||Greenville Groove||81-63, 75-68||North Charleston Lowgators|
|2002-2003||Mobile Revelers||92-82, 71-77, 75-72||Fayetteville Patriots|
|2003-2004||Asheville Altitude||108-106 (OT)||Huntsville Flight|
|2004-2005||Asheville Altitude||90-67||Columbus Riverdragons|
|2005-2006||Albuquerque Thunderbirds||119-108||Fort Worth Flyers|
|2006-2007||Dakota Wizards||129-121 (OT)||Colorado 14ers|
|2007-2008||Idaho Stampede||89-95, 90-89, 108-101||Austin Toros|
Note: In the 2001–2002 and 2002–2003 seasons, (and resuming with the 2007-08 season) the championship has been a best-of-three game series.
NBA Development League MVPsEdit
- 2001-2002 Ansu Sesay, Greenville Groove
- 2002-2003 Devin Brown, Fayetteville Patriots
- 2003-2004 Tierre Brown, Charleston Lowgators
- 2004-2005 Matt Carroll, Roanoke Dazzle
- 2005-2006 Marcus Fizer, Austin Toros
- 2006-2007 Randy Livingston, Idaho Stampede
- 2007-2008 Kasib Powell, Sioux Falls Skyforce
See also Edit
- ↑ "Four teams to leave CBA for NBA Development League". Continental Basketball Association. 2006-04-06. http://www.cbahoopsonline.com/news_detail.html?newsid=766. Retrieved 2006-08-12.
- ↑ "NBA Development League Expands To Four Cities". NBA.com. 2006-04-06. http://www.nba.com/dleague/news/expansion_060406.html. Retrieved 2006-08-12.
- ↑ "NBA Development League Expands To Anaheim". NBA.com. 2006-04-11. http://www.nba.com/dleague/news/anaheim_060411.html. Retrieved 2006-08-12.
- ↑ Sheridan, Chris (2006-04-19). "NBA approves Lakers' ownership of D-League team". ESPN. http://sports.espn.go.com/nba/news/story?id=2414330. Retrieved 2006-08-12.
- ↑ "D-League Will No Longer Operate Roanoke Dazzle". NBA.com. 2006-05-01. http://www.nba.com/dleague/news/roanoke_060501.html. Retrieved 2006-08-12.
- ↑ "D-League Will No Longer Operate In Fayetteville". NBA.com. 2006-05-02. http://www.nba.com/dleague/news/fayetteville_060502.html. Retrieved 2006-08-12.
- ↑ "12 teams to comprise NBA Development League in 2007-08". oursportscentral.com. 2006-05-08. http://www.oursportscentral.com/services/releases/?id=3307417. Retrieved 2006-08-12.
- ↑ Idaho’s Mike Taylor Becomes First D-League Player Drafted By An NBA Team
- ↑ 60 Former NBA D-League Players On 2008 NBA Opening Night Rosters
- ↑ Brennan, Matthew (2007-02-21). "Mensah-Bonsu, East Team Come Out On Top". NBA.com. NBA. http://www.nba.com/allstar2007/dleague_mvp_070217.html. Retrieved 2007-03-30.
- ↑ Wurst, Matt (2008-02-16). "Stars Work, Play Hard in D-League All-Star Game". NBA.com. NBA. http://www.nba.com/dleague/allstar2008/recap.html. Retrieved 2008-02-29.
- ↑ "D-League lowers the age requirement to 18". ESPN.com. ESPN. http://sports.espn.go.com/nba/news/story?id=2407522. Retrieved 2008-03-29.
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- ↑ 'Hawks earn spot in D-League's Central Division
- ↑ Sefko, Eddie (2007-11-29). "Frisco may get new D-League team". The Dallas Morning News. http://www.wfaa.com/sharedcontent/dws/spt/basketball/minors/stories/112907dnspodleague.4c52cd7c.html. Retrieved 2007-11-29.
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- ↑ Radley, Scott (2008-01-16). "Hey, it ain't the NBA ...". The Hamilton Spectator. http://www.thespec.com/article/310148. Retrieved 2008-03-23.
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- ↑ http://www.unionleader.com/article.aspx?articleId=d4103f45-eca4-4545-a703-ca2cee47952c&headline=Millrats+talk+future+with+NBA
- ↑ Lucus, Chad (2008-03-19). "Sayonara, ABA. Hello, NBDL?". WCSH. http://thechronicleherald.ca/hullo/read/18/15832/15832#msg-15832. Retrieved 2008-03-23.
- ↑ NBA, Toledo Mud Hens discuss bringing minor-league team to arena
- ↑ May, Peter (2008-02-03). "A Maine focus in D-League". Boston Globe. http://www.boston.com/sports/basketball/celtics/articles/2008/02/03/bumps_didnt_derail_celtics/?page=4. Retrieved 2008-02-03.
- ↑ "Flight can't reach Altitude for NBDL title". USA Today. 2004-04-26. http://www.usatoday.com/sports/basketball/nbdl/2004-04-26-altitude-flight-title-game_x.htm. Retrieved 2007-03-30.
- ↑ "Asheville 90, Columbus 67: Altitude Repeat as NBDL Champions". NBA.com. NBA. 2005-04-23. http://www.nba.com/dleague/games/20050423/ASHCOL/recap.html. Retrieved 2007-03-30.
- ↑ Stevenson, Stefan (2006-04-23). "T-Birds get an A-plus, take home a trophy". Albuquerque Tribune. http://www.abqtrib.com/news/2006/apr/23/t-birds-get-an-a-plus-take-home-a-trophy/. Retrieved 2007-03-30.
- ↑ NBA Development League: Austin at Idaho